A construction crane collapsed Monday in the coastal city of Bat Yam, severely injuring one person and wounding three others, including a 9-year-old girl.
The owner of the construction company operating the crane was detained for questioning shortly after the crane fell onto a boulevard in a residential section of the Tel Aviv suburb, crushing a car and damaging several others.
The Magen David Rescue service said the seriously wounded man, 30, was the crane’s operator. He was “severely injured, suffering limb wounds and evacuated to Ichilov Hospital in full consciousness,” MDA said in a statement.
The driver of the car, 38, was moderately wounded, MDA said, adding that a 49-year-old man and his 9-year-old daughter were lightly wounded and taken to Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
It was not immediately clear what caused the massive yellow crane to collapse.
Police Commander Sigal Bar-Zvi said the incident is being treated as a “workplace accident” that “will be investigated by the [Israel Police’s] Fraud Department in Tel Aviv.”
In addition to Yuval Atia, the owner of the Mivnim & Netivim construction company, two managers at the site were also detained by police for questioning.
Atia told Channel 2 following the incident that “it was too early to know what caused” the crane’s collapse, but said it was most likely due to a “technical failure.”
He also said that the crane had all the necessary “licenses and permits” and vowed to “study the subject” in order to prevent a re-occurrence.
Police said an underground parking garage was damaged by the crane and called on the public not to visit the scene of the collapse, so as not to interfere with the work of the crews trying to clear the crane.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare has also opened an investigation into the incident, according to Walla News.
The incident came several months after an underground parking garage under construction collapsed in Tel Aviv, killing three people and injuring dozens more. The incident sparked calls for increased workplace safety at construction sites.